We live in a time when many young people continue to live at home after high school. I’m not knocking the choice because it makes a lot of sense. Quite often, a person isn’t necessarily ready to leave the safety structure of a family environment. My generation (Generation X!) might’ve been the last for Jedis (parents) to push out the padawans (kids) before they were ready.
My sage grandparents offered me the chance to avoid facing the challenges of leaving the nest. They attempted to talk me into moving to the Cleveland area to stay with them—without paying rent or getting a job as long as college was my priority. They even offered to give me spending money. However, with all the infinite wisdom of a 19-year-old, I declined the opportunity. I was done sacrificing my freedom.
It took me all of one night to realize what my idea of freedom would cost. My house needed a vacuum, dishes, and a chair (things I didn’t need when I lived at home). I went to Meijer and spent $130 more than the $50 I had planned to use. I needed food the next day, so my wallet let me borrow another $60. Before long, my freedom ventured into chaos. Perhaps I was doing it wrong.
I was clueless about what it would take to live freely. My grandparents called every week and asked how things were going. “I’m good” or “Alright” usually came out of my mouth. However, I spent the next 22 months denying that I was trapped in a world I had created. As Lead Pastor Ben Snyder said, “Truth is a captive of no one. It will always set itself free.”
31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
My beliefs about what freedom looked like blinded me to my grandparents’ generous offer (and wisdom). While I may have had to give up some minor freedom in structure, it would have offered incredible freedom in other areas—rather than the chaos I created.
In the same way, Jesus wants us to trust him and his process. It’s the only way to avoid the chaos we create when we do life on our own. And it’s the only path that will lead us to live irresistibly free.
What does freedom look like to you?
How do you obtain freedom?
Continue reading John 8 to gain further understanding.
Find your freedom by participating in summer Groups and encouraging others to do the same.
Heavenly Father, thank you for teaching me to find freedom in my purpose. Lord, may my time and efforts learning your word create a deeper walk with you. I pray that your spiritual guidance and truth continue to ease the chaos I often create by choosing what isn’t for me. Amen.
This post was written by Jaron Camp. Jaron is a storyteller and a professional ghostwriter who enjoys using his gifts to write for the LivingItOut. When he’s not developing fictional worlds, researching, and writing, Jaron enjoys watching sports, participating in family game night, and spending time with his wife and four kids.
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